My dear friends, as a lover of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, lately I’ve been having “Crazy “ thoughts. I’ve been thinking of the contributions made to our culture by the only Chinese/Venezuelan Trinidadian calypsonian I’m aware of, Edwin Ayoung, the man we know as Crazy. Ayoung was born in 1944 at Maraval Road, … Continue reading Crazy thoughts- a salute to the calypsonian called “Crazy “
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, presenting The Best Video performance of Calypsonian as Panman*. From Champs in Concert 2000, here’s Colin Lucas the Pan Calypso Monarch of that year and“Pan Is Mine!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDaE3_BqTsw Colin Lucas "Pan Is Mine!" And the runner up is Owen Scrunter Johnson and The Lost Tenor” It is a fact that many … Continue reading Presenting The Best Video performance of Calypsonian as Panman*
Theophilus Philip better known as Mighty Spoiler, was a Trinidadian calypsonian of the 1940s and 50s, and can be considered one of the most important and influential exponents of the art-form. Indeed , his work has been studied and covered by others, and his style copied ; he is considered one of the greatest comedic … Continue reading The Mighty Spoiler, one of the greatest exponents of the calypso art-form.
Fred Mitchell, better known as “Mighty Composer,” was born in Cedros, and was the oldest of the talented and well known Mitchell family we remember growing up in Marabella. As youths , the family group the Singing Mitchells sang backup for The Mighty Sparrow's recording company until he joined the Young Brigade as a calypsonian … Continue reading Remembering the Mighty Composer
I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and never played basketball. Back then, we knew little of the game, and as youths we played cricket and football (soccer) as team sports. I migrated to the US Virgin Islands in the late sixties and joined the US Army in 71. While in the army I watched … Continue reading How I came to love the Boston Celtics
“Pan night and day “ is one of Lord Kitchener’s best, most musical steelpan related calypsos. Indeed, in 1985 it featured at panorama in an unusual tie for first place between Desperadoes and Renegades. However, even as far back as 1985, The Grand Master was concerned about the absence of the steelband from the streets … Continue reading Pan Night And Day
There are a lot of crazy conspiracy theories masquerading as legitimate information circulating on social media nowadays. You know the ones, lately they're about plots including , 5g technology , COVID-19 Bill Gates, Big Pharma (though I'm no apologist for them) , now Dr. Fauci., and numerous others. A lot of this stuff is put … Continue reading CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA.
Let us really do something for pan! The think is, whether we wish to accept it or not, there’s an historical and cultural nexus between the carnival and the steelband, and that’s the lens through which most of the world see the steelband. Because , if we know our cultural history , it was the … Continue reading Re-examining and Renewing the Steelband/Carnival Connection!
Dennis Williams Franklyn , aka Merchant, was orphaned at eleven and grew up in an orphanage in Belmont, Trinidad.As an adult he led a troubled life , spending time in prison , becoming addicted to drugs , and dying of Hiv/Aids in 1999. However he was one of our most gifted calypso composers, and created … Continue reading Singer/Composer Dennis Williams, – Merchant- a unique calypso star.
The fine documentary “ Fire in Babylon” tells the story of the West Indian cricket team tour of England in 1976.South African born English batsman Tony Grieg promised on television to make the West Indians “grovel”.Whether or not he meant it, the West Indians took it as demeaning and racist, and showed their anger in … Continue reading A Fire in Babylon